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Savour the detail by Sarah Wishart

"Sarah Wishart could have watched the characters in Kelly Reichardt's latest film Certain Women all night long" The film, adapted from short stories by American writer Maile Meloy, is made up of three key stories that glance off each other rather than intertwining. Each story has a central woman protagonist. The first involves lawyer Laura Wells (Laura Dern) whose client (a local man Fuller, played by Jared Harris) is embroiled in a workplace accident case. The second depicts Gina (Michelle Williams) building a house in the countryside outside of Livingston. The third story focuses on The Rancher (Lily Gladstone), living a solitary life in Belfry, a four-hour drive away. One night she goes to a night class on a whim and becomes fascinated by Elizabeth (Kristen Stewart), a recently graduated lawyer from Livingston, trying to make ends meet by driving out to Belfry to teach. The overlap in these stories is not the focus, yet it does exist. Laura is having an affair with Gina’s husband and at some point The Rancher comes to Laura’s Livingston office, searching for Elizabeth.

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Wyrd prairies by Sarah Wishart

In the photos I had seen in some book, Jarman’s studio looked like a New England shack, or at least something not quite British, black walls, yellow roof, the garden was flotsam framed, with twisted metal and sea-blanched wood, and he had planted up the shingle with an eye for survival. I read more about his garden, as in time I discovered my own.

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Forced Entertainment, durational performance and the web by Sarah Wishart

Tonight, one of my favourite theatre companies will revisit one of their first durational shows 12 am and looking down and they will stream it live here. I wrote about that show in 2004, when my review on a number of performances I saw during a series of exhibitions, shows, performances and talks on Live Art at the Tate Modern in 2003, was published by the Theatre Journal.

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